UNITEDSTATESOF, a project of the musician João Rochinha (he who is also part of doubles as Purga or ADW), has achieved the difficult task of reinventing himself with each new chapter. He has been gaining notoriety by launching the label he also manages – the Lisbon-based Rotten \ Fresh – in the midst of some self-released works such as the recent compilation of demos comp (2017-2019). If we think of UNITEDSTATESOF and its path we can easily depart for a drawing of the suburban electronic agitation of Lisbon, we get the feeling of an approximate representation of what is done in the field of experimental and exploratory music in various corners of the capital but also a little bit by Portugal.
About his most recent EP – refresh – was written “From love to awakening, the four tracks of this EP come as a breath of fresh air, after we immerse ourselves in a subatlantic dungeon inside the self” (A Cabine). Or about (wing)fFrii, one of the songs on the album, “(wing)fFrii stands out in this refresh, with silky textures holding hands to dissonant, animalistic or more human samples, thus following a logical reasoning (although unfailingly oneiric, not to be forgotten) that comes from other works of his, particularly Selections 1.” (Rhymes and Beats).
It is in this oneiric and labyrinthine complexity that UNITEDSTATESOF will perform at Galeria Zé dos Bois, the starting point for a year where we can expect new works and partnerships. (DP)